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Former Longtime White Mountain Apache Tribal Chairman Dies

WHITERIVER, Ariz. (AP) — A former longtime chairman of the White Mountain Apache Tribe has died at age 89.

 

Tribal officials say Ronnie Lupe died Monday.

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Lupe served as the tribe's chairman for 36 years before leaving office in May 2018 after deciding not to seek a 10th term.

 

Prior to his long tenure as chairman, Lupe served in the U.S. Marine Corps and as a member of White Mountain Apache Tribal Council.

 

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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a statement that Lupe "was a man of great compassion" and "a strong leader who did not shy away from challenging the federal government on many issues, but he did so in a respectful and tactful way."

 

Funeral services are pending.

 

A list of Lupe's survivors wasn't immediately available Monday night.